I/UCRC Planning Meeting


The objective of this planning meeting is to receive industrial input and assure support for an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Metal Deformation Processes. The long term objective of the Center is to deliver pre-competitive, fundamental knowledge to industry for the purposes of improved product performance, enhanced productivity, work force development, and economic growth.


Northwestern University, Texas A&M, and the University of New Hampshire received an NSF I/UCRC grant to host a planning meeting and engage industrial partners on the establishment of a Center for Metal Deformation Processes. This effort builds off of the successful National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) supported Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMTech) roadmapping activities on sheet metal forming led by Northwestern University. (See the first AMTech meeting report.) But this I/UCRC effort is unique as the scope of the focus area has been increased, further feedback from a broader range of industrial partners will be secured, and the Center will conduct research on the identified projects of interest. Initiated in 1973, the I/UCRC Program has successfully developed long-term partnerships among industry, academe and government in key areas of industrial and national interest. The I/UCRC Program works on a consortium model with membership dues from companies matched by federal grant funding to support research projects.


During the planning meeting, the vision for the I/UCRC for Metal Deformation Processes; the capabilities, facilities, and expertise of each university partner; and the value proposition of the Center to industry will be presented. Also, NSF will provide an overview of the I/UCRC program, and an evaluator will assess the industrial engagement in the topic area. Finally, potential projects (many of which were identified during the AMTech workshops) will be presented, and new project topic areas will be solicited from participants. If industrial support for the establishment of the I/UCRC for Metal Deformation Processes is demonstrated, a full proposal will be submitted to the National Science Foundation to support the collaborative research efforts.

Location and Key Information

7am March 14 - 1pm March 15, 2017

Rebecca Crown Center, Hardin Hall, 633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208

Crown Hardin Hall
Rebecca Crown Center Hardin Hall

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